Dragon’s Dogma 2 gameplay revealed at PlayStation Showcase

Dragon’s Dogma 2 gameplay revealed at PlayStation Showcase

Finally we have some real gameplay footage from the highly anticipated game Dragon’s Dogma 2. The single-player focused action RPG developed by Capcom appears to have a wide variety of gameplay and character choices, much like the first game. As such, it feels like the sequel is sticking to its roots, as the original was largely single player save for the Pawns feature.

So what else can we expect from Dragon’s Dogma 2? Sit back, relax and avoid the dragon!

Stunning visual impressions of Dragon’s Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2 will start in an underground prison, just like other RPGs. Your character hears the echo of a dragon hovering over the area. As it stands, we are Risen again. Thus, we are thrown into a story to slay this dragon, which symbolizes the destruction of the world.

Dragon's Dogma 2 - A Medieval Town
some medieval city

One thing that immediately jumps out of the trailer is how absolutely gorgeous the graphics are. As the game is being built on Capcom’s awesome RE Engine, Dragon’s Dogma, by extension, is quite compelling. Everything in the opening scene, from a simple zoomed-in wagon to a wide, sweeping scene that encompasses an entire field, is packed with detail.

Dragon's Dogma 2 - Meteor Strike!

What’s more, the team managed to perfectly capture the feel and art direction of the first game. It looks like the original Dragon’s Dogma would be if it were released in 2023. You can tell right away that this game is a sequel and that Capcom has retained tons of the JRPG influences.

How to Kill Your Dragon

Footage from Dragon’s Dogma 2 also showed tons of actual gameplay, including combat. That’s refreshingly fine in this day and age where we have a ton of pre-rendered footage making up most of a game’s trailer. We’re happy to see that many, if not most, of the original’s mechanics will make a resounding return in the sequel. We get glimpses of things like monster climbing, meteor summoning, creating our own catwalk, and various weapon options.

Dragon's Dogma 2 - LUMOS!

We can see many distinct character archetypes showing off all their flashy moves. Mage characters have the aforementioned meteors, but also make use of telekinesis, some magic missile doppelgangers, and other magical sigils. One particularly beautiful spell was when a mage lit up a pitch black forest, blinding enemies caught in the blast.

Dragon's Dogma 2 - Fair Strikes
fair blows

Martial classes also get some love. Powerful bow strikes return to the game, as do heavy claymore-type weapons. In addition, we’ll also be able to mount enemies and stab them many times – even the flying ones. It looks really cool to cut a griffin’s neck as it tries to bring you down.

Pawn der time

Judging by the game’s trailer, much of the content cut or planned from the first game will make its way into Dragon’s Dogma 2. An example is the new race of beasts that are heavily featured. They look like Skyrim’s Khajiit, except they aren’t as critical.

Dragon's Dogma 2 - New Feline Breed
New Feline Breed

We can also expect the return of the game’s famous pawn system. Just like the player, everything should still be fully customizable in their Vocations, Skills and Stats. They are described as “otherworldly beings”. The game’s official page also says that revolutions in Artificial Intelligence will make players feel accompanied by real people, when in fact their companions will just be pawns.

Dragon's Dogma 2 - The Dragon from Dragon's Dogma 2
The Dragon from Dragon’s Dogma 2

Hopefully, the sequel will be just as open-ended as the first game. Players can approach encounters in many different ways, as long as they’re willing to think outside the box. This openness, coupled with relentless gameplay, makes the game somewhat comparable to the Soulslike genre. A ton of experimentation and testing will likely be required to create the perfect dragon-slaying build.

Dragon Rise

The original Dragon’s Dogma was one of our best RPGs of the decade (2010 – 2019). Perhaps Dragon’s Dogma 2 will make the 2020-2029 list, along with the likes of Elden Ring.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 will only come to current generation consoles (Xbox Series and PlayStation 5) as well as PC via Steam. It was announced nearly a year ago on June 16th, which coincided with the game’s 10th anniversary stream. Be sure to visit the Dragon’s Dogma 2 Wiki for more information about the game!

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